The objective of the Physical Security Program is to safeguard U.S. Government property, facilities and personnel against loss, theft, damage, espionage or any other activities which threaten life, property and continuation of military operations.

The Garrison Physical Security Section falls under the Directorate of Operations. The Physical Security Section works to ensure critical assets on Picatinny Arsenal are protected and safeguarded according to DoD and Army regulations.

The Physical Security Section also oversees the Integrated Commercial Intrusion Detection System (ICIDS IV). This is the Army approved security alarm system for the installation. All alarm inquiries should be submitted to the Physical Security office.

For questions regarding installation Physical Security contact:

Garrison Physical Security Officer: (973) 724-5405
Physical Security Specialist: (973) 724-3371
Physical Security Specialist: (973) 724-4100

Department of the Army (DA) Security Guards

To provide courteous and complete protection to the Soldiers, families, and civilians through professionalism, dedication and unwavering vigilance. Responsible to exercise and apply establish rules, regulations, and legal authorities to access control and egress, and detect trespassing violations in order to protect life and property and prevent theft, sabotage, fire, terrorism and accidental or willful damage and destruction to Picatinny Arsenal. For questions regarding DA Security Guards contact:

DA Security Guard Chief Office: (973) 724-1148
DASG Supervisors Office: (973) 724-9755/9683

Gate information and access control

Picatinny Arsenal Main gate is open 24-7.

Visitors, contractors and vendors 18 years and older, entering Picatinny Arsenal, who do not have a DoD identification card, will have to process through the Visitor Center at Main Gate, and will be subject to a background check before being allowed entry to the installation. Visitors 16 years and older are required to present a valid ID (driver’s license, state identification card, passport). Those who present a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, Gold Star ID or other valid DoD credential won’t be affected. Please note, all DoD credentials are not accepted at Picatinny Arsenal.

VCC Hours: M-F 0700-1500
Closed on Weekends and Holidays

REAL ID ACT Implementation

Individuals will need a secondary ID if their state-issued driver's license and identification card is marked, "Not for Federal Identification, Not for Federal Purposes, or Federal Limits May Apply". If you do not have a secondary ID you will be denied access, or you’ll have to be escorted by a Trusted Traveler. Valid US Passport, Passport Card, and original birth certificate are acceptable forms of secondary identification. Social Security Cards will not be accepted for a secondary form of identification.

Trusted Traveler- Active Duty or Retired US Military ID card holder, military dependent ID card holder (18yrs of age and older), and DoD Civilian CAC card holder. **If you are in a vehicle with a Trusted Traveler you do not have to process through the Visitor Center for a pass.

Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)

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In 2014, VA began issuing enrolled Veterans a newly redesigned Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) that totally eliminates the use of a Veteran's Social Security number (SSN). Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veteran’s Member ID and a Plan ID that reflects the Veteran’s enrollment in VA health care. The redesigned Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) should not be confused with the new Veteran ID Card (VIC), which will be offered to Veterans who do not have a VHIC, a retirement card issued by DoD or a driver’s license with a Veteran designation.

Effective 1 January 2020 when using the VHIC as Primary Identification you must also present ONE form of Primary Identification (Unexpired) from Below:

Driver's license, U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, Other Government ID. This ID can be issued by federal, state or local government agencies provided it contains a photograph, name, date of birth and address.